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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 2: 'Deep Water' (Veterans edition)

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 2: 'Deep Water' (Veterans edition)

"I see as much misery out of them movin' to justify their selves as them that set out to do harm."  -Doc CochranLast week, I talked about how the series pilot seemed to be setting up three central characters in Bullock, Wild Bill and Swearengen, with the two white hats destined to come into conflict with the shady saloon keeper. But while there's certainly still tension between those two sides in "Deep Water" - with Seth struggling to control his temper while he and Sol negotiate to buy their lot, while Al continues to suspect and fear Wild Bill - the hour's central conflict is largely between Al and Doc Cochran. It's an interesting, uneasy partnership these two have. Al is, for all intents and purposes, the king of Deadwood right now. He got there early, controls most of the good land, the whores, the booze and all the scams. As he says in this episode, the camp is currently wide open, and it takes a man of both incredible ambition and incredible will to take control of it the way Al has. Al is not quick on the draw like Wild Bill. He's physically strong but far from the strongest (and is getting up there in years). But he's smart, and he considers all the angles, and he is unafraid to take action.  Read More...


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